Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy is a book authored by Barbara Ehrenreich. Contents. 1 Description; 2 Well-known examples of Collective Joy. In her latest book, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the history of group festivities and the emotions these. Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich The Face of Battle by John Keegan The.

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And believes that the means of binding together people, A lament for the disappearance of communal celebrations, this work is an analysis of the role that ‘festivals’ have played in ehrenrech people, in creating community. Barbara Ehrenreich is an American journalist and the bestselling author of sixteen previous books, including the bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. The topic is very interesting and rarely explored, at least in my experience as a reader.

It is speculated that group rituals once served a iin function, as well as an evolutionary one, be it banding together when looking for a potential mate or defending against predators.

I am in awe of how much research Ms. The second ritual opening was early Friday evening – the opening of the Portal Stage, an amazing creation in a huge grove off the main camping area.

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And when the gods come, they may be herenreich for who they are. Over time, games began to increasingly take on aspects of nationalistic military spectacles. But as I questioned my wife about conclusions of the book, on multiple occasions she Very disappointed in this book. For the most part this is a Euro-centric history of how religion dealt with dance throughout history.


Oct 19, Richard Reese rated it really liked it. I remember losing all sense of time, thoroughly engaged in the pleasure of moving. Few novelists have captured the rhythms and flow of life with the veracity of Elena Ferrante in The barrage of high energy nationalism whipped them up.

Dancing in the Streets suggests that with the disappearance of carnival we have lost a crucial part of the human experience, though she is understandably unable to propose what form the healing collective joy she so vividly describes might take in our 21st century dystopia. Capitalism and its handmaiden, Puritanism, were on the rise. Preview — Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich. Joy became a mental illness. The writing style was boring and the content repetitive. I have learned a lot about the value of music and dance on society from my wife, who has a degree in music and is a music teacher.

Jun 26, Jeremy Preacher rated it really liked it Shelves: There’s definitely fodder for thought and for discussion in the ideas Ehrenreich raises.

Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich

Free expression was discouraged; pews were installed to compel worshippers to control themselves, and their possessed brethren were duly evicted on to the streets. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


The Way of the Shambhala Warrior was a reoccurring theme in these rituals and throughout the event. The swing music of racially inferior Negroes was banned. Review by Megan Keane. It’s apparently well established that a construct of Jesus seems to have been built around Jesus’s memory, and a lot of the parts in that construct were borrowed from Dionysus.

I have personally struggled to find opportunities to share this “collective effervescence” that are not frustrated by weird dogma. Barbara Ehrenreich is an engaging, enlightened and incisive critic of western culture, particularly in the company of writers on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

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If I’m going to spend time on the history of an event, I want more hard facts. And then we are brought to the present time when Dancing in the Streets is brought to you by rock concerts indoors and then outdoors. There was singing, dancing, drinking, and good-natured mockery of their superiors.

Dancing in the Streets is similar to Blood Rites in its academic approach to the topic. The main focus was on Europe in the last years.